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Gerard Basset to Compete for 'Best Sommelier in the World' Title

Gerard Basset, sommelier and wine professional, prepares to compete against the best sommeliers in the world in the ASI World's Best Sommelier Competition.

Gerard Basset, owner of Hotel TerraVina in Hampshire, has been selected to represent the UK in the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) World’s Best Sommelier Competition, being held on 10-16 April 2010 in Chile. Created in 1969, ASI is the official body for all professional sommeliers around the world.

Gerard has taken part in the prestigious ASI competition a number of times before, and has been a finalist three times previously and is doing all he can to win the title this year. “I am working very hard as I am determined to do well and to win the title would be the greatest achievement, in my career as a Sommelier. “It’s all about my preparation. It’s a huge commitment – I am putting in more than 20 hours a week both studying and practising service elements. I am regularly doing services in my own restaurant, as I have done for many years, but in addition I have convinced colleagues around the country to allow me to work services in their top establishments too. It is a great way to ensure that my service skills are polished and tip top, ready for the competition. This is THE title to win.”

The ASI World’s best Sommelier competition attracts candidates from each of the ASI’s member countries- (approx 50 countries). It is an arduous combination of written and practical exams, including blind tastings and service role plays to test the candidates’ knowledge of wines, spirits, and beverages, food and wine matching, as well as their service skills to determine the top three candidates for the final competition.

Basset, one half of the original co-founders of the successful Hotel du Vin chain has the distinction of being a Master of Wine, Master Sommelier and who has the Wine MBA….. now he would love to be crowned Best Sommelier in the World to the list.

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